This is first post about Nano Server. In this post, I will introduce Nano Server to you, and during later posts I will show you how to install, configure and manage Nano Server.
Windows Server 2016 comes with many new features. One of them is Nano Server. New deployment options, a headless installation option for Windows Server 2016. Nano Server has smaller footprint than traditional Windows Server, which only includes the required bits for the running OS. No GUI, no CLI, it’s the only recovery console where you can check (and change some of) network settings, firewall rules, and reset WinRM.
The administration is moved to remote access via remote management tools such as PowerShell or Server Manager. Nano Server better utilize resources while at the same time providing higher security due to the much smaller attack surface, and shorter time need for reboot.
Nano Server can be used as Hyper-V, Windows Failover Cluster, IIS, Scale-Out-File-Server or the DNS role. Specific packages (set roles and features) can be added during image creation or install after the Nano Server deployment.
As I said earlier, during later posts I will show you how to install, configure and manage Nano Server in different scenarios.